Jemaine Clement Poster


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Overview (2)

Born in Masterton, New Zealand
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jemaine Clement was born and raised in Masterton, New Zealand, the oldest of three brothers. His mother is Maori. Clement was educated at Makoura College in Masterton, NZ. He went on to study drama and film at Victoria University of Wellington. Whilst there he met Taika Waititi, and they formed comedy troupes So You're a Man and The Humourbeasts. The Humourbeasts proved popular in New Zealand, touring extensively.

Clement also met Bret McKenzie at Victoria University, and they formed musical-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. Flight of the Conchords went on to have considerable international success including tours, radio shows and TV spots, culminating in the well-received series Flight of the Conchords (2007). Clement was nominated for an Emmy for his performance in the show.

Film roles followed, including playing Jarrod in Taika Waititi's Eagle vs Shark (2007), Chevalier in Gentlemen Broncos (2009), Kieran in Dinner for Schmucks (2010) and Boris The Animal in the hit sequel Men in Black 3 (2012).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Miranda Manasiadis (August 2008 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Black-rimmed glasses
Square jaw
New Zealand accent

Trivia (11)

One half of New Zealand "folk comedy" duo Flight of the Conchords, with Bret McKenzie.
Describes his heritage as "part Maori, part European.".
He was also a writer and cast member of the television shows Skitz (1993) (aka "Skitz") and Telly Laughs (1996) in New Zealand.
In 2000 he was given a Special Radio Awards Commendation for The Sunglass Store.
In 1999, he was a Radio Awards Winner as writer for Trashed, for Channel Z, Wellington.
It was at Victoria University that Clement met Bret McKenzie and, together, they formed Flight of the Conchords.
He met Taika Cohen (a.k.a. Taika Waititi) at Victoria University and they went on to form the Humourbeasts.
He moved to Wellington where he studied drama and film at Victoria University of Wellington.
When with The Flight of the Conchords, he variously plays guitar, bass and keyboards.
He was raised by his mother and grandmother, his father was never involved in his life.
Born on the same date as Hrithik Roshan.

Personal Quotes (10)

[on how he ranks in musical skills in Flight of the Conchords (2007)] Bret's a little better than me and I'm a little worse than Bret.
What do I think of L.A.? It's boring, with some amazing nuggets. Like there are some parts of it that are great, but by and large I think it's quite boring.
Well, I grew up in the '80s, which was a really massive time for sci-fi.
In real life I'm very low-key. A wallflower. One of the reasons I went into comedy and acting was that I was sick of being shy.
I'm part Maori. My mum's Maori, and she raised me. And my grandma, she's Maori.
I can only think of one wacky best friend who I thought was awesome: Rhys Ifans in 'Notting Hill.' He really nailed the wacky best friend.
I feel like I need to think of myself as an outsider. I hate it when I can tell when people see me and my friends as part of this establishment...It feels more creative to be small, to be creating something from very little.
As a pale-skinned Maori person, I felt like a spy as a kid. I could tell what pakeha [New Zealanders of European origin] people actually say, which sometimes would be quite shocking. And also, I heard what Maori people say and it's essentially the same thing. Each group thinks the other one are thieves.
The way [Bret McKenzie] and I work and the way [Taika Waititi] and I work are different. Bret and I, we don't like the same movies. We like the same music but we don't like the same comedy stuff often. He would rather watch Sex and the City (1998), whereas I could not sit through that. He loves Knocked Up (2007) and things about groups of friends having babies and stuff, whereas I look around at the audience in total confusion. But he walked out of Step Brothers (2008). At the time, I thought it was one of the funniest movies I'd seen in years. So we have to work on a subset of what we both find funny. I think sometimes that raises the quality because you get rid of all this crap. Me and Taika, we're more similar in sense of humor.
We were watching Larry David intently because we are big fans; we'd actually been studying Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000) a lot because it's a really great way to learn structure for a sitcom. It's a perfect structured sitcom. Curb and Seinfeld (1989) are big influences on our writing. But then Larry David got up and he really didn't care. Every single question, he obliterated the journalist until they wouldn't talk again! We thought he was hilarious, it was like a stand-up routine. So we suddenly had to rethink how we were going to be able to survive. It wasn't going to be by being irreverent.

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